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SUB PROSPECT Skilpadde over Oslo.Detalj. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen.

Kristine Fornes

12 September - 12 October 2014

The exhibition will be officially opened by the textile artist Kristin Lindberg.

We are pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Kristine Fornes, an artist who has gained critical acclaim for her hand-embroideries with motifs of agricultural and cultural landscapes on the verge of dissapearing. Her whimsical characatures – animal, human or otherwise – are another important part of her artistic production. Oftentimes the base materials for her motifs are old cast-off textiles that imbue the works with additional layers of meaning.

Old stories and legends about the city of Oslo are the fountain head from which SUB PROSPECT springs. In the embroidered works, Fornes combines foregone and contemporary urban landscapes with well-known prospects from earlier centuries. Artists working with the prospect genre have tended to beautify and perfect nature, the landscape and culture. But Fornes asks: What lies under, behind and to the right and left of the perfected motif?

Fornes’s artistic expression alternates between ornate and figurative to sketchy, almost disolved drawings, with the thread barely attached to the underlying fabric. She shows us the breadth and possibilities inhering in the craft and media she masters so well.

There are many stories about Oslo which most of us have never heard. Even if we have, we probably don’t think about them. Golden columns underneath Old Aker Church, murder in Tivoli Theatre, and the devil from Oslo are examples of such stories.

Kristine Fornes (b. 1971) lives and works in Oslo. Her educational background stems from Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Bergen Academy of Art and Design and the University of Tromsø. She has held solo exhibitions at venues such as Østfold Art Centre, the Finnskog Exhibitions, Lørenskog Art Society and Gallery Format in Bergen. She has also participated in numerous group shows, including Høstutstillingen (‘The Fall Exhibition’ – a national, jurried annual show), Årsutstillingen for norsk kunsthåndverk (annual jurried show of the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts), Østlandsutstillingen (annual jurried show for eastern Norway), Vestlandsutstillingen (annual jurried show for western Norway), and Vevringutstillingen (annual exhibition in the district of Sogn og Fjordane). Her works can be found in the permanent collections of the National Museum for Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, KODE in Bergen, Telemark University College, and the Pilot Galleries in Buskerud and Akershus.

SUB PROSPECT is generously supported by Arts Council Norway.

Translation by Arlyne Moi.


Gruven.(150 x 70 cm)  Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen.


Skilpadde over Oslo. (100 x 150 cm) Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen.


Djevelen fra Oslo. (135 x 59 cm) Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen.


Via Sacra.Detalj. (130 x 130 cm)


Eskapist. Detalj. (120 x 210 cm) Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen.


Musenes sorti. (145 x 82 cm)